The IUD, or intra uterine device, is a t-shaped piece of plastic that is inserted in the uterus to inhibit the way sperm can move and prevent them from fertilizing an egg. They offer between five and tens years of protection, depending on the type. They are reversible, meaning they can be removed at any time, allowing a women to get pregnant. There are two types: Mirena, which contains a hormone, levonorgestrel, which thickens the cervical mucus, and thins the uterine lining. ParaGard, contains copper which irritates the lining of the uterus and is toxic to sperm.
STI reduction: None.
Get it and forget it: Once inserted, it is effective for 5-10 years, depending on the type.
Safe: This method is safe for healthy women, even if you’re young, haven't ever been pregnant, or haven’t had kids yet.
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Talk with your doctor to make sure the IUD is right for you.
The IUD can be inserted at any time of the month when pregnancy is ruled out. It's inserted at the doctor’s office or clinic. It is common to feel some cramps after insertion; which subside with rest or pain medication. Some women might feel dizzy immediately after it is placed. Once the IUD is in, there is a little string that hangs down into the vagina. No strings can be seen outside the vagina. It's there so that the IUD can be removed later. After it's in, check the string ends from time to time to make sure it's in place.
Spotting between periods (especially during the first few months), increased period flow (for users of the ParaGard® brand), cramps, backaches, possible infections, and in rare cases uterine perforation or pregnancy complications.
Effective, long-lasting, reversible
It's one of the most effective methods.
Possible cramping, irregular bleeding, or very rarely infection or perforation on insertion, and pregnancy complications.
It's inserted once and lasts for 5-10 years depending on the type.
How do I get it?
It needs to be inserted in a doctor’s office.